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State cabinet approves fees for non-EU students

The state of Baden-Württemberg has moved a step closer to charging students from outside the EU fees of €1,500 per semester starting from the 2017-18 academic year.

On 29 November, the state’s cabinet approved a draft law requiring all students from outside the EU to pay tuition fees. It also approved a law requiring all students, regardless of nationality, to pay €650 per semester for second degrees. Final approval of the laws will be decided by the state parliament in the coming months.

The proposal to charge fees for such students was made in October by the state’s science minister Theresia Bauer. The law change will not apply to students who are already enrolled, refugees, Erasmus students or people who completed secondary school in Germany, according to a government statement.

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